Short Trips and Shopping Centre Charging

It’s a while since I’ve been out on a longer day trip. Rosie has been doing the daily chores of getting me to work and back. I only have an 11 km drive to work and 11 km to drive back. Not much else apart from that, just a couple of trips 40 km away to attend choir rehearsals. It’s not a particularly fun drive. I just get on to the dual carriageway, put on the Pro-Pilot Assist and keep an eye on the speed limits. I do like to occasionally use the ‘happy pedal’ to get me out of trouble. This usually happens when a car is pulling into the main road from a smaller road and isn’t really looking. A quick blip of the throttle to get me out of the way and I’m happy! My wife will tell me off if she is not expecting it and she gets shoved back into the seat by the acceleration. But it’s worth it!

Girona Shopping Centre

Yesterday I took a trip to the local shopping centre in Girona. It was good place to go to buy a birthday present. In the car parking underneath there are four charging points for electric cars. It’s a strange system where you have to go to the information centre on the first floor above the car park. They ask for your car vehicle registration number, telephone number and which charger you are plugged into. They have somebody switch it on. I really don’t know why they can’t just leave them switched on so you can just plug in and use them. Probably because it’s a new thing and they feel it’s necessary to control the use of it. This time there was no one at the information desk and I had to find the telephone number for the shopping centre and make a call. At least he just switched it on and I didn’t have to give my whole life story to get the job done. The charging points in the Girona shopping centre do actually work. Not like the charging points in the La Jonquera shopping centre next to the French border which don’t work. Very annoying!

Electric Car charging at La Jonquera

Slow Going For The Change To Electric Cars In Spain

While I was driving the other day I was considering the fact that there are very few electric cars on the road still, here in Spain. I would like to see more evidence of progress towards electric mobility. I have spotted a couple of Teslas recently. As I was driving into work there was one part in the road. I later spotted the driver driving it too fast around the roundabout in front of where I work. He was making the tyres squeal and obviously having a lot of fun.

While I was plugged into the charger in the shopping centre there were no other cars plugged in. As I was leaving a Renault Zoe did take the charge points next to me. It was a bit of a novelty to see another electric car. It’s nice to know I’m not the only electric car driver in the village.

Destination Charging While Shopping

There is an Aldi supermarket on my way back from choir practice which has a plug socket in the car park. It is unfortunately, not marked in any way. Unsurprisingly, it is always ICED and unavailable. When I pulled in there was a car taking up the space and when I left the car park there was a motorbike in there. I wasn’t too bothered as it was a quick visit to the supermarket and the charger is only a Shuko plug socket. Not really worth taking advantage of the plug-in point unless you were going to be there for an hour or two. Not worth the bother of opening up the boot to get the cable out. it is kinda disappointing really. Over in the UK I know there are quite a lot of the supermarkets with type II charging points for customers use. There are even some that have rapid chargers available. I do know of a couple of supermarkets not too far away with type 2 sockets. They are just another bit too far away to use for the weekly shop. I would have to make a special trip to get to one of these.

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